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The date for CM Punk's highly anticipated debut has been set.

CM Punk announced Thursday morning on the new UFC Unfiltered podcast that he will be facing Mickey Gall at UFC 203 on Sept. 10 in Cleveland. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani had previously reported that debuting at UFC 203 was the plan for Punk.

Punk broke the news officially to Unfiltered hosts Matt Serra and comedian Jim Norton. The former WWE star signed with the UFC in December 2014 to much buzz and most expected him to have fought by now, but a series of injuries sidelined him.

Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, said he was just cleared by doctors this week after a back injury put him on the shelf in February. He has been training for more than a year now at Roufusport in Milwaukee.

The Chicago native left WWE in early 2014 after butting heads with company execs. He stunned the pro-wrestling and MMA worlds later that year by announcing his signing with the UFC. Punk had no previous combat sports experience and very little martial arts training outside of some Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Rener Gracie and kenpo karate when he was younger.

Serra and Norton asked him for his motivation on the podcast. Many critics thought he would never go through with stepping in the Octagon, but now the date has been set. Punk was a former WWE champion and one of the biggest stars in sports entertainment.

"I think there's probably something seriously wrong with me," Punk said with a laugh. "Everyone is trying to figure out why I would want to do this. I'm a guy who gets bored easily and I have goals and there's things in life I enjoy. It's not about the destination; it's about the journey."

Gall (2-0) debuted in the UFC with a first-round submission victory over Mike Jackson in February. He was picked up after being discovered by UFC president Dana White and Serra on the "Lookin' for a Fight" show on UFC Fight Pass. Gall called out Punk while White and Serra were in the audience and White liked his style and personality.

Gall, 24, was told if he beat Jackson, he'd get his wish: a fight with CM Punk. And that's exactly what the New Jersey native did.

UFC 203 is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Stipe Miocic and challenger Alistair Overeem. In the co-main event, former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum meets Ben Rothwell.

It's unclear where on the card Punk vs. Gall will be, but it is likely to be featured on pay-per-view.
Source: www.mmafighting.com
 

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re: CM Punk to fight at UFC 202?

Well I will watch but he is gunna get destroyed unless it is rigged for $$$, which would not surprise me.
 

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I wish Punk the best and hope he can pull off a fluke victory. If not, he needs to hang the gloves up and come back to a field he's actually the best in.
 

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re: CM Punk to fight at UFC 202?

Well I will watch but he is gunna get destroyed unless it is rigged for $$$, which would not surprise me.
Ah, completely forgot that his pitiful haters already have the excuse conspiracy theory ready in case he wins.

Pathetic.
 

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re: CM Punk to fight at UFC 202?

Hope his hand picked nobody opponent can make him look strong.
 

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re: CM Punk to fight at UFC 202?

Who knows if he will win but didn't Rhonda get completely demolished by someone that everyone thought she was going to beat?
 

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re: CM Punk to fight at UFC 202?

Who knows if he will win but didn't Rhonda get completely demolished by someone that everyone thought she was going to beat?
Holly Holm actually had a legitimate skill set. She was a decorated boxer and kickboxer. The casual public overwhelmingly thought Ronda would win, but the more hardcore fans knew Holm would pose a match up problem for Ronda and that Holm could poke holes in Ronda's weak stand up game.

I don't see Punk posing any kind of threat to someone like Gall.
 

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I give him credit for doing all the training and such to get to a level where he could possibly win a match, but even I don't necessarily see that happening. Hopefully he looks somewhat decent.
 

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re: CM Punk to fight at UFC 202?

CM Punk wins, even if he loses.

He had a dream, he made it happen and he accomplished it. Which was to fight in the UFC.

People like to shit on people who branch out and try difficult things because the people who shit on them are scared to take a chance.


Good luck to the guy
 

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Re: CM Punk to fight at UFC 202

If you actually look at the sources this website leached from, it's a targeted date, and not official.
Websites like these are such trash. They don't produce their own material. They just relay news and info posted on twitter or other websites. Then they spin the headline from being a date they're aiming for, to making it seem like it's finalized, so they will get more clicks and people will think they broke the news if/ when it becomes official.
I know, this is somewhat off-topic, so I apologize for straying. I just noticed this and had to vent. Clickbait sites piss me off so much
 
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